Emily Robinson was on fire in the Class 4 quarterfinal game against Truman.
The Lee’s Summit hurler threw a no hitter to help the Tigers clinch a 1-0 victory Oct. 19 at Legacy Park and a spot in the Final Four.
“Truman always has a really good team and Paige (Parker) is an awesome pitcher,” Robinson said. “I knew it was going to probably come down to a pitcher’s battle. I knew I had to bring my ‘A’ game today. She pitched a very good game, but our team came out on top.”
Robinson shouldn’t sell herself short, as she pitched all seven innings, allowing no hits, no runs, four walks and struck out eight batters. Parker allowed one hit, one run and had eight strikeouts.
The winning run was scored in the top of the sixth inning. Sydney Graham was forced out at first, but Brittany Kendall made it to first on a bunt error.
“I was just thinking to myself, I need to take advantage of the opportunity that they gave me,” Kendall said.
Kendall stole second base while Bailey Baird was at the plate and Baird’s hit gave Kendall a chance to steal third. Baird was forced out at first, but while Mo Mosier was at bat, a wild pitch put Kendall across home plate for the score.
“I don’t think words can describe it honestly,” Kendall said. “I was very excited.”
In the bottom of the sixth inning, Robinson intentionally walked Parker, but the Tigers followed things up by forcing out the next batter on a bunt and catching two fly balls to end the inning.
In the top of the seventh, Robinson hit a fly ball that was caught, Rachel Page was forced out at first and Natalie Dummitt struck out.
With three outs between Lee’s Summit and a victory, the Tigers got a force out at first, the next batter was tagged out on her way to first by Alexis Reed and Mosier caught a line drive fly ball to end the game.
The victory lands the Tigers in the Final Four of Class 4, for the first time since Lee’s Summit took third place in 2003.
“I’m ecstatic,” Kendall said. “We have been talking about going to state the past couple of years. Now that we are actually going to go, it’s a lot to take in, but it feels good.”
Lee’s Summit, 22-6, will take on Parkway North, 20-6, in the semifinals at 1 p.m. Friday at Killian Softball Complex, Springfield.
A victory will put the Tigers in the championship against Eureka or Webb City at 2 p.m. Saturday.
“We want to win state,” Robinson said.